The first round of an anticipated battle between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave for the film industry’s top hardware in 2014 saw the space drama come out on top.
Both films are expected to dominate honours in 2014 and each took home a selection of Bafta film awards last night.
And while Gravity, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in space, won the most prizes with six, 12 Years won the most coveted title of best film.
Gravity won best British film while its director, Alfonso Cuaron, was named best director.
It also got gongs for its stunning visual effects, cinematography, sound and music.
Brit Chiwetel Ejiofor took home the prestigious best actor prize for his role in 12 Years as Solomon Northup.
Meanwhile, American Hustle won three Bafta awards while The Great Gatsby was rewarded with two.
Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her star turn in Blue Jasmine.